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    Federal Railroad Administration Announces Rail Inspection Technology Rule to Improve Track Safety

    “This rule will allow railroads to use the latest technology to continually monitor safety, which is a big step forward in strengthening safety and reliability on our nation’s railroads,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao...
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    AAR Applauds FRA Track Inspection Modernization Rule WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 28, 2020 – Today, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced a final rule that facilitates widespread deployment of continuous rail inspection technology across the 140,000-mile...
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    IDOT, New Siemens Ventures Passenger Cars The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has begun taking delivery on 88 new Siemens “Venture” single-level passenger cars. According to WSP USA Senior Engineering Manager Art Peterson, who supplied these...
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    STB and FRA Joint Letter citing service problems and communication issues on Class 1 Railroads The Surface Transportation Board and Federal Railroad Administration on Aug. 24 sent joint, identical letters to the CEOs of the seven North American Class I’s—Carl Ice (BNSF), Keith Creel (Canadian Pacific), JJ Ruest...
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    How to post photos in the gallery?

    OK, I've modified the gallery settings. The maximum image with there is 3840, which is a 4K image. You do NOT need to resize your images, the gallery will (now) do it for you. So upload as normal, but they will be scaled down to the 3840. If they're already less than 3840 pixels in the widest...
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    How to post photos in the gallery?

    Yes, those particular images work better in a thread anyway, since they're a sequence and they tell a story. The forum also automatically shrinks them to 1600 wide, plenty large enough for viewing, while still being a reasonable file size. However, you should be able to post your best work in...
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    How to post photos in the gallery?

    Yeah, this is a Bob issue. You've found a setting problem in the gallery. It's supposed to re-size images, but it's not. The result was the image uploaded at full resolution, and they're 5 mb (!) each. That's why you ran out of space. There's certainly no intent to limit anyone to 5 images, LOL!
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    May 2020 Photo Contest Voting

    Ron, I'll post the winner shortly, but yes, given the underwhelming response for voting, apparently photo contests aren't of interest to the members. Some stuff works, some stuff doesn't.
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    Ship Strikes Panama Canal Railroad Bridge
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    Ship Strikes Panama Canal Railroad Bridge The article is in Spanish, here's a Google translation: Panama, June 23, 2020. The Panama Canal will investigate the causes that caused the collision, this Tuesday, of a ship against the...
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    May 2020 Photo Contest - Show us your best photo!

    As a reminder, please vote for your favorite photo!
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    Massive Explosion Seen After Train Derails Near Rock Springs, WY Massive Explosion Seen After Train Derails Near Rock Springs ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. – A Union Pacific train hauling alcohol and liquid propane derailed near Rock Springs, Wyoming, according to Scott Kitchner...
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    May 2020 Photo Contest Voting

    Sorry this took so long to post. I really wanted to have the images show up directly in the voting, so you could just click next to the image you want to choose. Sadly, it doesn't appear to be an option with the current software.
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    May 2020 Photo Contest Voting

    Voting for the may 2020 photo contest. Poll will close on Monday 6/29/20 View the full size images here:
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    Welcome back returning members!

    The setup is XenForo, which was created by the guys who originally coded Vbulletin. It's finally advanced to a point where it's much better than Vbulletin ever was, even before the "upgrade" that was in fact a downgrade. Lots of add-ons, like the photo gallery and featured articles page, and... is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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